Coast Guard chief leads maiden flight of new Airbus helicopter

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral Joel S Garcia has successfully inspected and led the maiden flight of one of the two new airbus helicopters – H145 light twin engine helicopter – from Germany at the PCG National Headquarters in Manila this morning, 26 February 2020.

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H145 is a 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter equipped with high frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light, and electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol, and maritime law enforcement.

The procurement of said aerial assets amounting to ₱ 685 million each is part of the PCG’s Light to Medium Multi-Purpose Twin Engine Helicopter Acquisition Project.

The PCG personnel who will man the newest helicopters have finished their comprehensive training in Germany last year. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD